American Literature on Stage and Screen

It seems American literature is not content to stay on the page. Stage, film, and television versions have regularly surfaced and continue to appear before ...

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786492794

Category: Literary Criticism

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The 525 notable works of 19th and 20th century American fiction in this reference book have many stage, movie, television, and video adaptations. Each literary work is described and then every adaptation is examined with a discussion of how accurate the version is and how well it succeeds in conveying the spirit of the original in a different medium. In addition to famous novels and short stories by authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Willa Cather, many bestsellers, mysteries, children’s books, young adult books, horror novels, science fiction, detective stories, and sensational potboilers from the past two centuries are examined.
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American Literature on Stage and Screen

This book presents famous literary works and their adaptations, examining each with a discussion of how accurate the version is and how well it succeeds in conveying the spirit of the original in a different medium.

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

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ISBN: 178402211X

Category: American fiction

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This book presents famous literary works and their adaptations, examining each with a discussion of how accurate the version is and how well it succeeds in conveying the spirit of the original in a different medium.
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Uncle Tom s Cabin on the American Stage and Screen

Race, Slavery and Liberalism in Nineteenth-century American Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Robinson, Marc. The American Play ...

Author: John W. Frick

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137566454

Category: Performing Arts

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No play in the history of the American Stage has been as ubiquitous and as widely viewed as Uncle Tom's Cabin . This book traces the major dramatizations of Stowe's classic from its inception in 1852 through modern versions on film. Frick introduce the reader to the artists who created the plays and productions that created theatre history.
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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature I M

The musical stage functioned as a microcosm, a staging ground for an ... radio, and film technology, growing numbers of Americans flocked to "ethnic" music, ...

Author: Nelson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 031333062X

Category: American literature

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Alphabetically arranged entries in five chronological volumes focus on individual authors, works, and topics related to multiethnic American literature.
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American Literature in Transition 1970 1980

Aligned with other adaptations of texts that American audiences made famous in the ... 3 Ubiquitous as violence was on the 1970s American stage and screen, ...

Author: Kirk Curnutt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108551595

Category: Literary Criticism

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American Literature in Transition, 1970–1980 examines the literary developments of the twentieth-century's gaudiest decade. For a quarter century, filmmakers, musicians, and historians have returned to the era to explore the legacy of Watergate, stagflation, and Saturday Night Fever, uncovering the unique confluence of political and economic phenomena that make the period such a baffling time. Literary historians have never shown much interest in the era, however - a remarkable omission considering writers as diverse as Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, Marilyn French, Adrienne Rich, Gay Talese, Norman Mailer, Alice Walker, and Octavia E. Butler were active. Over the course of twenty-one essays, contributors explore a range of controversial themes these writers tackled, from 1960s' nostalgia to feminism and the redefinition of masculinity to sexual liberation and rock 'n' roll. Other essays address New Journalism, the rise of blockbuster culture, memoir and self-help, and crime fiction - all demonstrating that the Me Decade was nothing short of mesmerizing.
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Women in Medicine in Nineteenth Century American Literature

John W. Frick, Uncle Tom's Cabin on the American Stage and Screen (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 17. For a brief overview of the basic contrasts ...

Author: Sara L. Crosby

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319964638

Category: Literary Criticism

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This book investigates how popular American literature and film transformed the poisonous woman from a misogynist figure used to exclude women and minorities from political power into a feminist hero used to justify the expansion of their public roles. Sara Crosby locates the origins of this metamorphosis in Uncle Tom’s Cabin where Harriet Beecher Stowe applied an alternative medical discourse to revise the poisonous Cassy into a doctor. The newly “medicalized” poisoner then served as a focal point for two competing narratives that envisioned the American nation as a multi-racial, egalitarian democracy or as a white and male supremacist ethno-state. Crosby tracks this battle from the heroic healers created by Stowe, Mary Webb, Oscar Micheaux, and Louisia May Alcott to the even more monstrous poisoners or “vampires” imagined by E. D. E. N. Southworth, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Theda Bara, Thomas Dixon, Jr., and D. W. Griffith.
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The Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature

into white America but rather by her desire to return to China to work for ... few mainstream representations of Asian Americans on stage or screen: “one of ...

Author: Crystal Parikh

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107095175

Category: Literary Criticism

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This Companion surveys Asian American literature from the nineteenth century to the present day.
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Theatre as Human Action

He is author of thirty-two nonfiction books about theatre, film, and popular music, notably The Oxford Companion to the American Musical, The 100 Greatest ...

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781538126431

Category: Performing Arts

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Theatre as Human Action: An Introduction to Theatre Arts, Third Edition is designed for the college student who may be unacquainted with many plays and has seen a limited number of theatre productions. Focusing primarily on four plays, this textbook aims to inform the student about theatre arts, stimulate interest in the art form, lead to critical thinking about theatre, and prepare the student to be a more informed and critical theatregoer. The four plays central to this book are the tragedy Macbeth, the landmark African American drama A Raisin in the Sun, the American comedy classic You Can’t Take It with You, and—new to this edition—the contemporary hip-hop musical Hamilton. At the beginning of the text, each play is described with plot synopses (and suggested video versions), and then these four representative works are referred to throughout the book. In addition to looking at both the theoretical and practical aspects of theatre arts—from the nature of theatre and drama to how it reflects society—the author also explains the processes that playwrights, actors, designers, directors, producers, and critics go through. In addition to Hamilton, this edition includes full color images throughout, as well as revised chapters and expanded and updated material on the technical aspects of theatre, coverage of children’s theatre and British theatre, the role of drama as therapy, and the importance of diversity in theatre today. Structured into ten chapters, each looking at a major area or artist—and concluding with the audience and critics—the unique approach of Theatre as Human Action thoroughly addresses all of the major topics to be found in an introduction to theatre text.
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Theatre as Human Action

The four plays central to this book are the tragedy Macbeth, the landmark African American drama A Raisin in the Sun, the contemporary rock musical Rent, and—new to this edition—the American comedy classic You Can’t Take It with You.

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442261099

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

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This book is designed for the college student who may be unacquainted with many plays and has seen a limited number of theatre productions. Focusing primarily on four plays—Macbeth, A Raisin in the Sun, Rent, and You Can’t Take It with You—this textbook aims to inform the student about theatre arts, stimulate interest in the art form, lead to critical thinking about theatre, and prepare the student to be a more informed and critical theatregoer. At the beginning of the text, each play is described with plot synopses (and suggested video versions), and then the four representative works are referred to throughout the book. This second edition also features revised and expanded chapters throughout, including on the technical aspects of theatre, the role of the audience and critic,and the diversity of theatre today.
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The Cambridge History of Jewish American Literature

... see John H. Houchin, Censorship of the American Theatre in the Twentieth ... “The Americanization of the Holocaust on Stage and Screen,” in Admitting ...

Author: Hana Wirth-Nesher

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316395349

Category: Literary Criticism

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This History offers an unparalleled examination of all aspects of Jewish American literature. Jewish writing has played a central role in the formation of the national literature of the United States, from the Hebraic sources of the Puritan imagination to narratives of immigration and acculturation. This body of writing has also enriched global Jewish literature in its engagement with Jewish history and Jewish multilingual culture. Written by a host of leading scholars, The Cambridge History of Jewish American Literature offers an array of approaches that contribute to current debates about ethnic writing, minority discourse, transnational literature, gender studies, and multilingualism. This History takes a fresh look at celebrated authors, introduces new voices, locates Jewish American literature on the map of American ethnicity as well as the spaces of exile and diaspora, and stretches the boundaries of American literature beyond the Americas and the West.
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Women Adapting

Bringing Three Serials of the Roaring Twenties to Stage and Screen Bethany Wood ... on repudiating film's connections with American literature and theatre.

Author: Bethany Wood

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781609386498

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 300

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When most of us hear the title Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, we think of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell’s iconic film performance. Few, however, are aware that the movie was based on Anita Loos’s 1925 comic novel by the same name. What does it mean, Women Adapting asks, to translate a Jazz Age blockbuster from book to film or stage? What adjustments are necessary and what, if anything, is lost? Bethany Wood examines three well-known stories that debuted as women’s magazine serials—Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, and Edna Ferber’s Show Boat—and traces how each of these beloved narratives traveled across publishing, theatre, and film through adaptation. She documents the formation of adaptation systems and how they involved women’s voices and labor in modern entertainment in ways that have been previously underappreciated. What emerges is a picture of a unique window of time in the early decades of the twentieth century, when women in entertainment held influential positions in production and management. These days, when filmic adaptations seem endless and perhaps even unoriginal, Women Adapting challenges us to rethink the popular platitude, “The book is always better than the movie.”
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The Encyclopedia of Film Composers

... of twenty-four nonfiction books about film, popular music, and theatre, including The Oxford Companion to the American Musical, Through the Screen Door, ...

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442245501

Category: Performing Arts

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For more than a century, original music has been composed for the cinema. From the early days when live music accompanied silent films to the present in which a composer can draw upon a full orchestra or a lone synthesizer to embody a composition, music has been an integral element of most films. By the late 1930s, movie studios had established music departments, and some of the greatest names in film music emerged during Hollywood’s Golden Age, including Alfred Newman, Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Bernard Herrmann. Over the decades, other creators of screen music offered additional memorable scores, and some composers—such as Henry Mancini, Randy Newman, and John Williams—have become household names. The Encyclopedia of Film Composers features entries on more than 250 movie composers from around the world. It not only provides facts about these artists but also explains what makes each composer notable and discusses his or her music in detail. Each entry includes Biographical material Important dates Career highlights Analysis of the composer’s musical style Complete list of movie credits This book brings recognition to the many men and women who have written music for movies over the past one hundred years. In addition to composers from the United States and Great Britain, artists from dozens of other countries are also represented. A rich resource of movie music history, The Encyclopedia of Film Composers will be of interest to fans of cinema in general as well as those who want to learn more about the many talented individuals who have created memorable scores.
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African American Literature in Transition 1850 1865 Volume 4 1850 1865

Frick, John W. Uncle Tom's Cabin on the American Stage and Screen. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Frost, Karolyn Smardz. I've Got a Home in Glory Land: ...

Author: Teresa Zackodnik

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108690195

Category: Literary Criticism

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The period of 1850-1865 consisted of violent struggle and crisis as the United States underwent the prodigious transition from slaveholding to ostensibly 'free' nation. This volume reframes mid-century African American literature and challenges our current understandings of both African American and American literature. It presents a fluid tradition that includes history, science, politics, economics, space and movement, the visual, and the sonic. Black writing was highly conscious of transnational and international politics, textual circulation, and revolutionary imaginaries. Chapters explore how Black literature was being produced and circulated; how and why it marked its relation to other literary and expressive traditions; what geopolitical imaginaries it facilitated through representation; and what technologies, including print, enabled African Americans to pursue such a complex and ongoing aesthetic and political project.
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Introduction THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ 1.

Author: L. Frank Baum

Publisher: VM eBooks

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Category: Fiction

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Introduction THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ 1. The Cyclone 2. The Council with the Munchkins "LET DOROTHY GO TO THE CITY OF EMERALDS" 3. How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow 4. The Road Through the Forest 5. The Rescue of the Tin Woodman 6. The Cowardly Lion 7. The Journey to the Great Oz 8. The Deadly Poppy Field 9. The Queen of the Field Mice 10. The Guardian of the Gate 11. The Wonderful City of Oz 12. The Search for the Wicked Witch 13. The Rescue 14. The Winged Monkeys 15. The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible 16. The Magic Art of the Great Humbug 17. How the Balloon Was Launched 18. Away to the South 19. Attacked by the Fighting Trees 20. The Dainty China Country 21. The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts 22. The Country of the Quadlings 23. Glinda The Good Witch Grants Dorothy's Wish 24. Home Again
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Great War Prostheses in American Literature and Culture

... however, Plumes does tell the story that most Americans likely did not ... to write more for the stage and screen throughout the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, ...

Author: Aaron Shaheen

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198857785

Category: Literary Criticism

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Drawing on rehabilitation publications, novels by both famous and obscure American writers, and even the prosthetic masks of a classically trained sculptor, Great War Prostheses in American Literature and Culture addresses the ways in which prosthetic devices were designed, promoted, and depicted in America in the years during and after the First World War. The war's mechanized weaponry ushered in an entirely new relationship between organic bodies and the technology that could both cause, and attempt to remedy, hideous injuries. Such a relationship was also evident in the realm of prosthetic development, which by the second decade of the twentieth century promoted the belief that a prosthesis should be a spiritual extension of the person who possessed it. This spiritualized vision of prostheses proved particularly resonant in American postwar culture. Relying on some of the most recent developments in literary and disability studies, the book's six chapters explain how a prosthesis's spiritual promise was largely dependent on its ability to nullify an injury and help an amputee renew or even improve upon his prewar life. But if it proved too cumbersome, obtrusive, or painful, the device had the long-lasting power to efface or distort his 'spirit' or personality.
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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature A C

In a career that spanned over sixty years, Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote several commercially successful musicals for the stage and screen marked by ...

Author: Emmanuel Sampath Nelson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313330603

Category: American literature

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Alphabetically arranged entries in five chronological volumes focus on individual authors, works, and topics related to multiethnic American literature.
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1927

He is the author of thirty non-fiction books about film, theatre, ... Word Crazy: Broadway Lyricists, American Literature on Stage and Screen, Theatre as ...

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538112786

Category: History

Page: 328

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From January 1 to December 31 of 1927, the entries in this book cover every major news event—national and international—of this pivotal year in history. Milestones of theater, radio, music, literature, film, and sports—as well as minor news items that would prove to be more important later, such as births of significant figures—are also included.
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Sound Recording Technology and American Literature

... the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, which revealed that Bechet's writerly pursuits extended to short fictional works meant for either stage or screen.

Author: Jessica E. Teague

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108881395

Category: Literary Criticism

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Phonographs, tapes, stereo LPs, digital remix - how did these remarkable technologies impact American writing? This book explores how twentieth-century writers shaped the ways we listen in our multimedia present. Uncovering a rich new archive of materials, this book offers a resonant reading of how writers across several genres, such as John Dos Passos, Langston Hughes, William S. Burroughs, and others, navigated the intermedial spaces between texts and recordings. Numerous scholars have taken up remix - a term co-opted from DJs and sound engineers - as the defining aesthetic of twenty-first century art and literature. Others have examined modernism's debt to the phonograph. But in the gap between these moments, one finds that the reciprocal relationship between the literary arts and sonic technologies continued to evolve over the twentieth century. A mix of American literary history, sound studies, and media archaeology, this interdisciplinary study will appeal to scholars, students, and audiophiles.
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Representations of Anne Frank in American Literature

Hazel's version of Frank owes much to the sentimental portrayal of Frank on stage and screen in the 1950s (the film does, after all, conclude with a ...

Author: Rachael McLennan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317932598

Category: Literary Criticism

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This book explores portrayals of Anne Frank in American literature, where she is often invoked, if problematically, as a means of encouraging readers to think widely about persecution, genocide, and victimisation; often in relation to gender, ethnicity, and race. It shows how literary representations of Anne Frank in America over the past 50 years reflect the continued dominance of the American dramatic adaptations of Frank’s Diary in the 1950s, and argues that authors feel compelled to engage with the problematic elements of these adaptations and their iconic power. At the same time, though, literary representations of Frank are associated with the adaptations; critics often assume that these texts unquestioningly perpetuate the problems with the adaptations. This is not true. This book examines how American authors represent Frank in order to negotiate difficult questions relating to representation of the Holocaust in America, and in order to consider gender, coming of age, and forms of inequality in American culture in various historical moments; and of course, to consider the ways Frank herself is represented in America. This book argues that the most compelling representations of Frank in American literature are alert to their own limitations, and may caution against making Frank a universal symbol of goodness or setting up too easy identifications with her. It will be of great interest to researchers and students of Frank, the Holocaust in American fiction and culture, gender studies, life writing, young adult fiction, and ethics.
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